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Monday
May062013

My top 10 favorite finds last April

What is it they say - happiness shouldn't be a goal. It's a journey. We spend much of our life thinking that if we suffer just a little bit more, we'd be rewarded with happiness in the end. By who or what we're not likely to know, which is why we shouldn't bet on it so heavily. We ought to try to find pleasure and joy in what we have right now. It might all end in flames - or not - but at least we know how things stand in the present, and that we can influence it.

Okay hope that made sense. :P Moving on, here are my top ten favorite finds last month! 

I am a huge fan of Avon lipsticks. I was already pretty happy with the Ultra Moisture Rich formula (even with its limited staying power), but the Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick blows the UMR out of the water. It stays on better, while the colors are pretty daring. Hope Avon makes this line available again, stat!

My favorite brow product right now is the MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Dirty Blonde. It's the perfect shade of brown for me, and it still works even with my new slightly reddish hair color. It's easy to apply, doesn't slide off in humid weather, and looks quite natural while still giving much-needed definition to the brows. I wish MAC makes this permanent in the future.

And here's my current concealer - the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation. I've always wanted to have this since Lisa Eldridge featured it. Now that Digital Traincase carries it, I've finally gotten my hands on it! It's back in stock girls. ;) Love the heavy coverage and how it can conceal both blemishes and eye bags. It's not my shade as a foundation, but it works wonderfully as a concealer. Check out the demo in my review. ;)

There's no excuse to avoid eyeshadow when you have something like the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Rose Gold. This is incredibly long-wearing even without primer, easy to blend, and the rose gold color - oh, it's perfect! I brightens the eyes in a jiffy. It's rather expensive but if you need a flattering color, a kick-ass staying power, and something you can apply in 1-2-3,  then this is The One.

Still on eyeshadows - I really like the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in RD299. It's light and pretty on the lids, jut perfect for a sweet, feminine look. 

If you're in the mood for something smoldering though, you must try the Guerlain L'Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 14 Les Fauves. This is one of the best eyeshadow palettes I've come across. It's complex, flattering, and dripping in luxury. Love!

And here's my daily mascara, the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Mascara. This volumizes and lifts up my lashes beautifully, and stays on even though it's not waterproof. I like to wear this when I don't want to spend oodles of time and makeup remover just to remove the goo from my lashes.

These polishes from the Etude House Sweet Recipe Collection must be the cutest, ever. My favorite is that robin blue shade - it looks like a dinosaur egg when worn! Well okay dino eggs probably look a lot less prettier. :P Here's the swatch!

Again from Etude House, I am loving the AC Clinic Intense Red Spot Balm. This calms down angry red popped pimples in no time! Swear! It's kinda hard to believe considering its a product from a cutesy brand and not something from the derma, but holy guacamole does this stuff work. It's pretty effective on me, but I can't guarantee the same for you ha. It depends. I hope you get the same results!

Last but not least, here's the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Lilac Rose. Highlighters are much maligned for making skin look oilier than it is, but they actually help perfect the complexion. If you already have fairly okay skin and just want that extra pinkish glow - the real deal - then something like this Bobbi Brown highlighter/blush can do it for you.

Pssst...here are a couple of dupes. The shimmer and pink are more pronounced but the principle is the same. ;)

Etude House Dear My Blooming Cheek Blush in Breathless Pink or

Etude House Princess Etoinette Heart Blusher

Sue me, I just really happen to have a lot of Etude House stuff. :P Any good finds last month?

Reader Comments (19)

I'm still saving for the Avon Kissable lipstick. I can't wait to get my hands on Lacy Mauve!

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Hi Liz! I have a bad habit of being a bad blog lurker but I just have to thank you for all your beauty tips. I try to stop myself from buying beauty stuff in order to force myself to save money. However, I am still on the lookout for classic ones. Your recommendation of Revlon Color Stay 16-hour eyeshadow in Brazen convinced me that brown or nuetrals aren't exactly bad colors for semi-fair skinned girls. I bought the eyeshadow quad and I'm sooo happy about my purchase because it looks good on me :)

Thank you for your reviewing drugstore brands and cheap alternatives. And I also love your tutorials; they're Makeup for Dummies series for me. :)

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYvette

Have you tried Jazzy cosmetics? They have this concealer wheel like that of Ben Nye, haven't tried it yet though. :) hihi

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlian

My first lipstick is Avon and I did love it. But I just recently ordered another Avon brand (UMR Rose) after so many years and got disappointed with the glitters going anywhere on my face. Sayang cause i really love the color.

I read your Guerlain L'Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 14 Les Fauves entry again and I'm still in love. Not surprised to see it on the list. And the Shiseido eye color trio looks really good on you.

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruth

Your post on the Etude House AC Clinic Intense Red Spot Balm *hingal* really made me wanna try it out, so I did! It really made a big difference after the first time I used it, but it hasn't been performing as well since then. Maybe I should use it in intervals with another product? Hope it's not a one-trick pony, 'coz I'm glad it made a dent on my current skin crisis. Summer makes my skin so bad. Thanks Miss Liz! :)

Also, I'm really interested in the Avon Totally Kissable line after I saw it on your blog, but I find that the UMR and the Rose collection lippies I tried from Avon feel too slippery on my lips. Do the Totally Kissable ones have the same slip?

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

@Jenine try to apply the balm on bare skin - dont wear moisturizer underneath or on top of it for maximum results!

The Totally kissable has less slip!

May 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

oh my goodness I thought I was the only one who thought those glitter polishes looked like dinosaur eggs! I guess great minds think alike haha!

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

I've only been using toner and the balm twice a day. Maybe I should skip toner, or maybe I'm just not hiyang like you are with Etude House products. *sob* But I'll keep trying that technique, and I'll give the Totally Kissable lippies a go, too, if I can get my hands on them. Thanks again, Miss Liz! :)

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

The only reason I buy Etude House products cuz' I super love their packaging. there super cute You'll think of em as a toy. :)

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersammy

I would love to try the Guerlain eyeshadow palette and MAC's brow gel creme!
@Lian: The Jazzy brow mascara, I have tried and I didnt like. Too coppery and shimmery for my liking.

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

wow I'm still in Avon LIpstick!and Etude House Collection is irresistible!
nice haul Liz!:)

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

I just discovered that Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion is a perfect spot treatment for pimples and small bumps. I love it! My son loves it! :)

May 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Liz! I'm so glad you're liking the Max Factor 2000 Calorie!
Yes to beautiful lashes!

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPong

so much Etude House love! :] hope you could feature more of their products soon~

May 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkimii

Hi Liz, is the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick in Rose Gold limited edition or part of a special collection? I have been to three counters already and they don't have it. Not that it's out of stock they don't seem to be aware of this shade :(

May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMimmy

Glad to see Etude products.They are the only ones affordable for me here. :P Oh and Avon too! But i'd skip the shimmer. :) thanks for the review!

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterranne

Gaaaah!!! Cute and girly blushers are my weakness! I especially love hearts! I want them all!

May 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDane Salazar

I'm eager to know more about the corrective foundation since I'm on the lookout again for efficient foundations. What I love most in your April finds is the Etude House Princess Etoinette Heart Blusher! It's very dainty and I'm pretty sure it's something that will make me smile whenever I see it inside my kikay kit. :D Most of my April finds are composed of Essence cosmetics. They're affordable and I like their vast array of foundations. :)

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEunice

i heard Avon lippies have high lead content... So personally I stay away from them

June 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterinna

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